I have been using Facebook in a few different settings over the past couple of years and finally can't resist its pull, despite my wariness. It is time to share some of my blog on FB at https://www.facebook.com/GreenGourmetGiraffe I have added the above button down the sidebar while I am playing with FB settings and may make it more prominent once I am happy with how the page is going.
I expect to upload each post, some random meals and other esoteric information. It might also be a place to share a few photos that don't make it to the blog. If Facebook is your thing, you know the drill.
For anyone wanting to set up a blog Facebook Page, I found it useful to read the advice by Amuse Your Bouche.
With a new Facebook account, I needed a "cover" photo. It has occurred to me from time to time to update my header photo. Once I started to look at photos from my Facebook account, it seemed a good time to update my header. As always it is work in progress. (You can see the previous header in my designs post if you have forgotten what it looks like.)
All About Party Bags is a UK website the specialises in filled party bags but also has an e-magazine. The latest issue of the e-magazine is a Fairy Issue. The Fairy Toadstool birthday cake I made for Sylvia this year is featured among the idea for fairy cakes. If you have children in your lives that are as interested in fairies as mine, there are lots of great ideas for fairy parties.
After seven years of blogging I am now getting photos accepted by FoodGawker. And still experiencing some rejection. I now have 29 submissions accepted, 24 of these in 2014, and less that that rejected (17).
It took quite some time until I felt my photos were of a reasonable quality to submit. It has been an interesting learning process, though at times it feels brutal. Their criteria can seem harsh at time. It has made me more aware of the importance of natural light in photography. I was advised to move a black line from one photo a while back, did so, resubmitted and was pleased to find it accepted the second time. They still find me guilty of underexposed, overexposed, fussy backgrounds and too tight composition.
The more effort I put into a photo, the less likely it seems to be accepted. A good lesson about simplicity. Yet I still can't predict with any level of certainty if a photo will be accepted. I thought it would be fun to upload a collage of some of the photos that FoodGawker has rejected. I am quite fussy about which photos go in. (But if they think these are bad, I am glad they never saw some of my early blogging photos!) However I have come a long way since my first FoodGawker picture was accepted last year.
|Great old style ice cream sign in Brunswick - makes me feel nostalgic!|
As I have said before, I wish I had more time to update my blog. When I have a moment I tinker. Here are a few of the pages I have updated over the last few months:
- Child Friendly Almanac - I have added some new sections - lunchboxes, day trips and movies
- New Recipe Index Categories: Novelty cakes has split into two sections and I have created a new Sourdough section
- Reviews and Reflections has a new section on Street Art posts. (This page could really do with some anchors when I have time.)
- Other pages that get updated on the go are Basics, Blogging Resources, and Favourites.
|Spell check please!|
Finally a reminder that Vegan MoFo (Month of Food) is on in September and you can sign up now (deadline 27 August). I have signed up (hurrah) and am still preparing ahead to cope with a busy month offline. Hope to see some of you there and to have others of you cheering from the sidelines!